DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The Harley J. Earl Daytona 500 Perpetual trophy rarely voyages from its home inside the Daytona 500 Experience motorsports attraction at Daytona International Speedway.
Last Friday, the trophy which honors every winner of the Daytona 500 – the most prestigious event in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – left on a rare trip to Indianapolis Motor Speedway where it arrived on Wednesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum.
The trophy, which weighs more than 100 pounds, will be on display at the Museum through Monday, May 31, side-by-side with the famed Borg-Warner Trophy, which honors every winner of the Indianapolis 500 – the most prestigious event in open-wheel racing.
Only two car owners, both who whom have entries in the upcoming Indianapolis 500 on Sunday May 30, can say they share unique bond with the Harley J. Earl and the Borg-Warner Trophy.
Chip Ganassi and Roger Penske have the distinction of being the only two owners to have captured both the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500.
Penske won the 50th running of the Daytona 500 in 2008 with driver Ryan Newman. Earlier this year, Ganassi was victorious in the 52nd annual Daytona 500 with driver Jamie McMurray.
No owner has ever accomplished the feat of winning both races in the same year.
“We’re excited to take part in this unique opportunity to display two of the biggest and most significant trophies in motorsports,” Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig said. “The history behind these two trophies is legendary and they represent two of America’s most spectacular races.”
UPS, the official delivery & logistics company of Daytona International Speedway and the Daytona 500, is providing the transportation of the Harley J. Earl trophy from Daytona Beach, Fla., to Indianapolis and then back to the “World of the Racing.”
About Daytona 500 Experience
The Daytona 500 Experience, “The Official Attraction of NASCAR,” is a 60,000-square foot motorsports attraction open year-round and is home to the winning Daytona 500 car as well as three different racing simulators and the 16-Second Pit Stop Challenge. Adult admission is $24.99 plus tax, seniors and children 6-12 are $19.99 plus tax and children under 6 are free. For more information on Daytona 500 Experience, visit www.daytona500experience.com or call (386) 681-6530. For tickets to any Daytona International Speedway events, call 1-800-PITSHOP or visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com
About the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum is open 363 days a year (closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day). Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. from March through October and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. from November through February. Extended hours are featured during May activities. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for ages 6-15, and children under age 6 are admitted free. For more information, contact the museum welcome desk at (317) 492-6784.